Chinese Hackers Breach US Navy Computers

Report China hacked a Navy contractor and stole huge amounts of sensitive data

Navy officials recently told The Washington Post that Chinese hackers had stolen large amounts of sensitive data from a Nav contractor.

It said US officials did not identify the contractor, but said he worked for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, a USA military organization headquartered in Newport, Rhode Island.

As a whole, the stolen data can be considered as classified, according to the officials, even though the data was being stored on the contractor's unclassified network.

"U.S. naval forces are going to have a really hard time operating in that area, except for submarines, because the Chinese don't have a lot of anti-submarine warfare capability", Bryan Clark, a naval analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, told the Post.

Unnamed U.S. officials, discussing the incident with The Washington Post, mentioned that multiple breaches took place in January and February.

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The Washington Post said it agreed to withhold some details at the request of the USA navy over fears it could compromise national security.

USA officials believe China has for years carried out hacking attacks on the US military, the US government and US companies.

The hacking operation comes as the Trump administration seeks China's assistance in securing a agreement with North Korea that will see the Hermit Kingdom dismantle its nuclear program. That includes stealing secrets from our defense contractors, ' said Talent. The information related to a secret project known as Sea Dragon.

Naval experts fear that the build-up is created to undermine the US's ability to defend its allies in the region and suggests that most of the advancements made have come from cyber attacks mostly aimed at private contractors.

The last massive government breaches were reported in 2015 when cyber attacks from Beijing targeted the Office of Personnel Management and Woods Hole Institute, an oceanographic research organization that sometimes partners with the US Navy.

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